about yoga therapy & terry roth schaff
Schaff Yoga Therapy - For Musculoskeletal & Neurological Conditions
Schaff Yoga Therapy uses yoga to treat ailments that range from musculoskeletal to neurological, along with a range of other conditions. Much of this work is conducted in conjunction with a physician and other medical professionals.
The differences between using yoga as therapeutic modality to address medical conditions rather than for overall wellbeing are significant. Yoga postures and sequences are often done in an asymmetrical manner (only on one side), and are adapted to address a patient’s condition. This often excludes a whole range of postures as they might actually aggravate rather than improve a condition.This work has been recognized by the Arthritis Foundation and by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Terry Roth Schaff - IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist
As a certified yoga therapist, Terry Roth Schaff uses yoga postures and yoga sequences to help people with medical conditions manage pain, balance muscles, strengthen bones, increase mobility, range of motion and improve posture.
When Terry joined the medical group at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (MPMR) in 2010 she had a yoga practice that stretched back more than thirty years. She brought a broad base of experience from teaching yoga to at-risk children, teens and college students to working with people living with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and senior citizens facing health issues related to aging. Making the transition from yoga teacher to yoga therapist occurred under the direction of Dr. Loren M. Fishman, (a physician who has used yoga in his medical practice for more than forty years), and with the support of the team of physical therapists at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Terry has adapted the yoga therapy practice that she developed at MPMR to treat patients with neurological and physical limitations in a warm water pool. Her Warm Water Yoga program is recognized by the national Arthritis Foundation and by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a member school and is available to yoga teachers who want to become certified Warm Water Yoga instructors.
Commitment To Community Yoga
From 2008 - 2012 Terry worked with the City of Hudson, the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, the Hudson Youth Center and the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood to develop after-school and summer yoga programs for at-risk youth, families, pre-natal and post-natal welfare mothers and senior citizens. Her community yoga classes in Hudson, (taught from 2006 - 2015), brought together four generations of Hudson families. Twenty-five percent of residents in the City of Hudson, New York live below the poverty line.
Terry has trained and led volunteers to collaboratively teach after-school yoga classes in Hudson and Catskill, New York. Her, “Kids in the Kitchen-Yoga Buddies”, program, founded with chef, Carole Clark, led to Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties receiving a $500,000 Promise Challenge Planning grant from the US Department of Education to address the needs and plan educational opportunities for the greater Hudson community.
This work has been featured in numerous articles in the Hudson Register. These articles include Schaff Leading Yoga on the Beach at Oakdale, An Oasis of Peace – A Place for Young and Old, Yoga Center Marks 10 Years in City, and Young at Heart – Chair Yoga at Youth Center.